Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What do you want to do before you die?

Life list.  Bucket list.  Or just one secret wish you've held close but never expressed.  What do you want to do before you die?  

Stumbleupon.com brought me this thought on this crisp, almost-spring morning.

Candy Chang is a public installation artist, designer, urban planner, and co-founder of Civic Center who likes to make cities more comfortable for people.  She recently completed an installation that invites people to share their hopes and wishes.  She states:
"With a lot of help and support from old and new friends, I turned the side of an abandoned house in my neighborhood into a giant chalkboard where residents can fill in the blank and remember what is important to them in life. It’s also about turning a neglected space into a constructive one where we can learn the hopes and aspirations of the people around us."
If you were in her neighborhood in New Orleans, how would you fill in the blank?  Many of the blanks have been filled in with things like:  have fun, see my daughter graduate, go to the Galapagos Islands, save a life, make a difference, go 200 mph, finish school, write a book and so on.

I thought about it for awhile and, restricting myself to only one blank, I had to dig a little.  But I finally came up with:

Before I die I want to ... deeply experience connection with the Universe.

Feel free to use the comment section to post yours.


  1. I really like public art that engages participants.

    Before I die....I want to live in a world completely at peace.

  2. I love yours, Maureen ... it definitely gets my vote.

  3. Before I die... I want to visit my grandparents grave in India and tell them "I love you".